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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2016

With EU officials considering border closures along the Balkan refugee route, Greece is worried that it will become overwhelmed by migrants. The EU has chastised Greece for not securing its external border, but failings can be found in Brussels too. By Giorgos Christides, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis: 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis: 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2016

In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 62, warns that the government in Berlin only has a few weeks left to solve the refugee problem. He fears that Europe's open-border policies may soon end if a solution isn't found. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2016

The construction of registration centers for migrants in Greece was meant to stem the tide of people into Europe. But so far only one exists on the island of Lesbos -- and it's not making much of a dent. By Giorgos Christides in Mytilene, Greece more... Comment ]

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2016

The new government in Warsaw is transforming Poland into a nationalist, anti-Western and arch-Catholic country. Now, though, a protest movement is forming, made up of leftist activists, journalists and even a former prime minister. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2016

Polish European Council President Donald Tusk has said little about the constitutional crisis in his home country. But during a closed-door meeting at the European Parliament on Tuesday, he did little to hide his views. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2016

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have the EU concerned about creeping autocracy. Complaints thus far have fallen on deaf ears in Warsaw, triggering calls for firmer action from Brussels. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Brexit Danger: The EU Strategy to Keep Britain from Leaving

Brexit Danger: The EU Strategy to Keep Britain from Leaving

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2016

This summer, Britain will vote on whether to remain in the European Union. The skeptic camp appears to be gaining ground -- and EU leaders are growing concerned. They have developed a plan to give in to most of Cameron's EU reform demands. By Peter Müller and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Reflecting on Refugees: A Plea for Measured Debate

Reflecting on Refugees: A Plea for Measured Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2015

The debate over refugees in Germany has grown divisive. Those in favor are unwilling to recognize the difficulties ahead while those opposed too often veer toward prejudice and xenophobia. Neither is helpful. What's needed is an atmosphere of critical empathy. An Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Coalition of the Unwilling: Merkel's Plan B Could Mean End of Schengen

Coalition of the Unwilling: Merkel's Plan B Could Mean End of Schengen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan to find a resolution to the refugee crisis with the help of Turkey is encountering significant resistance. Berlin and Brussels are already considering alternatives, but it could mean the end of border-free travel in large parts of Europe. By Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2015

Islamic State is a master at using the Internet to spread propaganda. SPIEGEL ONLINE research indicates European companies may be providing the terrorist organization Internet access by satellite dish. By Nicolai Kwasniewski more... Comment ]